A Plain Bola. Recipe

History of A Plain Bola Recipe:
The Plain Bola, also known as Bola de Manteiga, is a traditional Portuguese sweet bread that has been enjoyed for centuries. This delightful treat has a rich history and is loved by people of all ages. The recipe has been passed down through generations and has become a staple in Portuguese households.

Fun Facts about A Plain Bola:
- The Plain Bola is often served during special occasions and celebrations in Portugal, such as weddings, baptisms, and holidays.
- The name "Bola de Manteiga" translates to "Butter Ball" in English, which perfectly describes its soft and buttery texture.
- The use of yeast in this recipe gives the bread a light and airy consistency, making it an ideal choice for breakfast or afternoon tea.
- The addition of citron adds a delightful burst of citrus flavor to the bread, complementing the sweetness of the sugar and cinnamon.
- Tradition holds that sharing a slice of Plain Bola with loved ones brings good luck and prosperity.

Now, let's dive into the recipe for A Plain Bola:

- ¾ pound of white sugar
- ¾ pound of fresh butter
- 2 eggs
- 1 ½ pounds of flour
- 3 tablespoons of yeast
- A little milk
- 2 ounces of citron, cut thin
- Powdered sugar and cinnamon for sprinkling


1. In a mixing bowl, cream together the sugar and butter until light and fluffy.

2. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.

3. In a separate bowl, dissolve the yeast in a little warm milk.

4. Gradually add the yeast mixture to the butter-sugar mixture, stirring well.

5. Slowly mix in the flour, a little at a time, until a light paste is formed.

6. Incorporate the thin-cut citron into the dough, ensuring it is evenly distributed.

7. Cover the dough with a clean kitchen towel and let it rise in a warm place for about one hour, or until it has doubled in size.

8. Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C).

9. Grease a large baking tin or individual cupcake tins.

10. Transfer the dough to the greased tin(s), ensuring it is evenly distributed.

11. Bake in the preheated oven for approximately 30-40 minutes, or until the bread is golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

12. Remove from the oven and let it cool slightly before removing from the tin(s) and transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.

13. Just before serving, dust the Plain Bola with a generous amount of powdered sugar and cinnamon.

14. Slice and enjoy this delectable Portuguese sweet bread with your loved ones!

Similar Recipe Dishes:
- There are many variations of sweet breads that are similar to A Plain Bola found around the world. Some examples include the Italian Panettone, the French Brioche, and the Jewish Challah. All these breads share the same light and fluffy texture, making them a perfect accompaniment to a cup of coffee or tea. So if you enjoyed A Plain Bola, be sure to try these other delicious sweet bread recipes from different cultures!



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